CDA has learned that dentists are receiving offers for COVID-19 rapid-test products and related services. For now, dentists should ignore the emails and other marketing outreach. Current state law prohibits dentists from obtaining the requisite lab licensure to perform and process rapid COVID-19 tests.
A dental practice in Massachusetts was cited for six serious respiratory protection violations, including for “failing to provide medical evaluations and fit testing for employees required to wear N-95 respirators as protection against the coronavirus,” according to an OSHA news release.
The October issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association explores COVID-19 connections in oral health care and dentistry.
Two COVID-19 response bills related to employee notification and workers’ compensation were signed last week by Gov. Gavin Newsom and affect dental practice owners.
California-licensed dentists can now order face mask “kits” that include boxes of N95 respirator masks and level-2 surgical masks from The Dentists Supply Company, a subsidiary of the California Dental Association.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration updated its emergency use authorization for certain non-NIOSH approved respirators with the removal of several manufacturers whose face masks failed to meet filtration efficiency performance standards.
When evaluating a patient to determine if they should be seen for emergency care, what other items should we review with them?
Once you have determined the patient is in need of emergency care, you must screen the patient to reduce disease exposure risk to you and your staff.
TDSC is closely monitoring all orders that include infection control products – with extra attention on those that contain face masks, gloves, sanitizers, disinfectant solutions and wipes – and have implemented a phased series of restrictions in reaction to the market and the demand being seen.
CDA Practice Support has received inquiries from CDA members and staff regarding the recent spread of the new coronavirus to California. In China, the virus has affected more than 8,000 people and killed more than 200, prompting the World Health Organization to declare a global health emergency to mobilize resources to contain the spread of the disease.